Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dump Cake

1 can cherry pie filling
1 large can crushed pineapple
1 box yellow cake mix
1 1/2 sticks butter

  • Coat a 9" x 13" casserole dish with vegetable spray.
  • Dump pie filling and pineapple and stir together to mix.
  • Sprinkle cake mix over the top of the fruit and smooth out with a fork
  • Cut up butter and dot the top of the cake mix with chunks (or melt it and pour evenly over the top of the cake mix if you are in a dashing hurry).
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-55 minutes.
  • Cool only till it won't burn a blister on your tongue and serve it up!
This is a recipe I grew to love when I was a farm woman with chores that kept me out at the barn till it was later than most people even think about stirring something up for supper (the evening meal for those of you who are hoity-toity).  I could come in from the barn and stir up a pot of chili or something equally as quick, easy, and filling simple, tasty, and nourishing, dump the ingredients for this cake into a pan and we had a gourmet meal in a jif!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Five Minute Mug Chocolate Cake

4 Tablespoons cake flour (I have used plain flour but it is not quite as tasty)
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons oil
3 Tablespoons chocolate chips (optional - but why wouldn't you add them?)
a small splash of vanilla
1 large coffee mug

  • Spray the inside of a microwave safe mug with vegetable spray.
  • Add dry ingredients to the mug and mix well.  (I often will also mix this in a small mixing bowl and then pour into the mug when I don't mind washing two dishes.)
  • Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
  • Add the chocolate chips and vanilla and mix again.
  • Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.  The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
  • Allow to cool a little.
  • Tip out onto a plate if desired.  (I prefer to just eat mine out of the mug!)
This could serve two if you want to feel slightly more virtuous.  It is rich and I do sometimes share.